Garena Free Fire banned in India; 5 alternatives you can play- BGMI, PUBG, Call of Duty

Garena Free Fire banned in India news broke today and gamers are shocked. However, there are numerous Garena Free Fire alternatives that can be played like BGMI, PUBG, Call of Duty - Check list here.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 10:11 IST
Garena Free Fire alternatives to play: BGMI, PUBG to Call of Duty- Check list here.
Garena Free Fire alternatives to play: BGMI, PUBG to Call of Duty- Check list here. (
Garena Free Fire alternatives to play: BGMI, PUBG to Call of Duty- Check list here.
Garena Free Fire alternatives to play: BGMI, PUBG to Call of Duty- Check list here. (

In an order that has shocked Indian gamers, the central government has slapped a ban on Garena Free Fire along with 53 Chinese apps on Monday, February 14. Garena Free Fire App has even been removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app has been banned by the government citing security threats. As per the report shared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) these 54 Chinese apps have been banned because they are either cloned version or having similar functionalities, privacy issues and security threats as was the case in the previously blocked 267 apps by the government in the year 2020. Well, gamers may have lost access to this extremely popular battle royale online game and we may as well say RIP. However, life goes on. So, here we provide top 5 Garena Free Fire alternatives, including BGMI, PUBG, Call of Duty.

Also, it can be known that Garena Free Fire is the second extremely popular online game to get banned in India after PUBG Mobile India. PUBG Mobile was banned in India in September 2020. However, it has reappeared in the guise of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). Earlier, the Indian government had blocked 59 apps on 29 June 2020 followed by 47 related/cloning apps on 10 August 2020, thereafter 118 apps were blocked on September 1, 2020 and later 43 apps were blocked on November 19, 2020.

Top 5 Garena Free Fire alternatives list here.


New State Mobile (PUBG New State)

PUBG New State has recently changed its name to New State Mobile and is a battle royale game developed by Krafton. The game was released in the month of November in 2021 and can be played as an alternative to Garena Free Fire. 64 players face off in the game and are armed with pistols, smoke grenades, etc.

Call of Duty Mobile

Call of Duty Mobile game has been downloaded over 100 million times on Google Play Store and can be played by a hundred players at a time. It also offers Multiplayer Mode like Team Deathmatch, Domination, etc.

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI)

Battlegrounds Mobile India is the Indian avatar of PUBG Mobile. To avoid the ban BGMI has made concessions to adhere to Indian legal requirements including local servers, and potentially a KYC based user identification system. The company, Krafton, is from South Korea.

Pixel's Unknown Battle Ground

With more that 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store, Pixel's Unknown Battle Ground is an animated version of PUBG. Players and gamers can play thi sgame as an alternative to Garena Free Fire. It also provides weapons, skins, etc. to the players.

Knives Out

Another Garena Free Fire alternative is Knives Out. The game features modes like Sniper Battle, 50v50, among others and can offer an exciting gaming experience.

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First Published Date: 14 Feb, 15:35 IST